On 2 April 2014 the UK will move to the new Government Security Classification (GSC) policy which will replace the existing system. Read about the implications for the MOD Form 680 process.
Notice to Exporters 2014/04: EU suspends all export licensing to Ukraine for any equipment which might be used for internal repression
The EU Foreign Affairs Council has introduced targeted sanctions including asset freeze and visa ban for certain individuals in Ukraine. Member States have also agreed to suspend, until further notice, all export licensing to Ukraine for equipment which might be used for internal repression. The Export Control Organisation is reviewing whether it is necessary to revoke, suspend or amend any additional extant licences.
On 20 January 2014 the EU amended the sanctions against Iran. These amendments implement within the EU the Joint Plan of Action agreed in Geneva on 24 November 2013 by the E3+3 (UK, France, Germany, USA, Russia and China) and Iran as a first step towards solving the Iranian nuclear issue.
On 6 January 2014 the Export Control Organisation published Open General Export Licence: Exports in support of the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35 Lightning II).
Most Open General Export Licences have been amended with information about the new reporting requirements, as announced by the Secretary of State on 18 July 2013 and detailed in previous Notices.
The Export Control Organisation has modified the blanket approach to export licence applications announced in August. We wil now consider each extant licence and new licence application on its merits.
Guidance on reporting requirements on the use of Open Licences under the Transparency Initiative is now available on the SPIRE website.
This new EU Regulation on firearms comes into force on 30 September 2013 in the UK and in other Member States of the European Union. The regulation lays down rules for the export and transit of certain firearms for civilian use.
This Notice contains important information on the suspension of extant licences for Egypt and changes to Open General Export Licences.
Notice to Exporters 2013/23: EU suspend all export licensing to Egypt of any equipment which might be used for internal repression
On 21 August 2013 the Member States of the European Union agreed to suspend export licences to Egypt of any equipment which might be used internal repression and to reassess export licences of equipment covered by the common EU rules governing control of export of military technology and equipment. Read more on the impact of these decisions on extant licences and issuing new export licences to Egypt.